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Nigerian govt approves last COVID-19 evacuation flight from US

The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved the ninth and final evacuation flight for Nigerians who have been stranded in the United States due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

This was announced by the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, in a statement dated August 10, 2020, on behalf of the country’s missions in the U.S.


“The flight is scheduled to convey the evacuees from New Jersey on August 20 to both Abuja and Lagos,” the statement read in part.

This would come after the seventh and eight evacuation flights scheduled for August 15 and August 19, respectively, from Houston, Texas, to Lagos.

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The Nigerian government has so far evacuated 1,739 stranded Nigerian citizens in six special flights from the United States, which is witnessing a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 records of the United States as of Monday, August 10th, stood at 5,044,864 infections with 162,938 deaths, according to data compiled by the John Hopkins University of Medicine.

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